Death Notice: Tim Callaghan

2002-chief-supt-tim-callaghanCallaghan (Blarney and Liscahane, Millstreet) on 28th November 2016, peacefully but unexpectedly, at home and in the presence of his loving family. Tim, Killowen, Blarney (Retired Chief Superintendent Garda Siochana) dearly beloved husband of Ann (Betty) (nee O’Rourke) loving father of Michelle and Claire, much loved brother of Jane, Catherine and Michael, cherished grandfather of Willow, Daire, Rosie, Caoimhe and Ruby. Sadly missed and deeply mourned by his heartbroken family, sons-in-law, Andy and Colin, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended relatives, colleagues and his many friends.

Reposing at O’Connor Bros Funeral Home, North Gate Bridge on Wednesday evening from 5pm to 7pm. Reception prayers Thursday at 12.45pm in the North Cathedral followed by Requiem Mass at 1pm. Funeral private at the Island Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations to a charity of your choice. Requiescat in pace.

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“Back in 1967, our GSRMA colleague = Tim Callaghan (Blarney), was part of a relay-team that carried buckets of cement to the top of the 1400 mountain (Clara)” –


“He retired from the force while serving in Fermoy. He served in the force for four decades, with postings in the Cork city division, as well as in Mallow and Tralee, before Fermoy. He worked for many years as a detective. He retired in 2004. He was a native of Millstreet and died at his home in Blarney.” – Evening Echo


Warm tribute paid to former late Chief Supt Tim Callaghan

A warm tribute has been paid by a senior garda officer to former North Cork Chief Supt Tim Callaghan, a native of Millstreet, who died unexpectedly at his home in Blarney at the weekend.

Chief Supt Ger Dillane of North Cork said the late Mr Callaghan was a highly professional officer who never lost the common touch and remained a common sense policeman throughout his career.
“Timmy never lost the common touch, whether he was working in Cork city, where he knew the people of the Northside, or in North Cork, where he was equally well regarded and respected,” said Chief Supt Ger Dillane.
“He was always ‘Timmy” to people, even as he went up along the ranks, and he always brought a very human touch to the job – he used to visit the victims of crime and the families of victims.
“He had a great humanity and compassion about him and people recognised him for that- that’s why he was so well regarded by the public and so popular with his colleagues in the job.”

Chief Supt Dillane worked with the late Mr Callaghan in Gurranebraher Garda Station – one of several Cork city stations where he served before he moved to Mallow as an Inspector in the 1990s.
He later returned to North Cork as Chief Supt in Fermoy in the 2000s where he set up local special units to deal with drugs as well as generally improve the quality of police work on the ground.

“He had a great way with people but he was also a very astute policeman and he nurtured a lot of talented officers – he mentored a lot of people and was always generous with his advice and time.”
Chief Supt Dillane said the late Mr Callaghan had an extensive knowledge of the various criminal gangs operating in Cork city and county which he shared with colleagues wherever he worked.

“He had built up this huge reservoir of intelligence on various criminals from years of working as a detective and that stood to him when it came to investigating crime – he was a great investigator.”
“And he was very professional in court too, giving evidence – he knew how to present the evidence and that was very important in some of the major cases that he was involved in investigating.”

Mr Callaghan, who joined An Garda Siochana in 1964, served in McCurtain Street, Blarney, Shandon, Gurranbraher, Tralee, Mayfield, Anglesea Street, Caherciveen, Ennis, Mallow and Fermoy.
Mr Callaghan, who died on Sunday at home in Blarrney, aged 72, is survived by his wife, Betty and daughters Michelle and Claire as well as his sisters, Jane and Catherine and his brother, Michael.

A keen sportsman who played rugby for Cork Gardai , the Mr Callaghan was also an avid cyclist who would regularly go on 100kms spins from his home in Blarney around North and Mid-Cork.
“He was an extraordinarily fit man and would think nothing of jumping of his bike and cycling up to F Mitchelstown and back to Mallow and Kanturk and then home by Macroom,” said Chief Supt Dillane.

“He literally travelled the highways and byways of North Cork and Midl Cork on his bike and he would often cycle the Ring of Kerry as well which he loved doing with his cycling friends.”
The late Mr Callaghan’s remains will be cremated at the Island Crematorium in Ringaskiddy on Thursday afternoon following 1pm Requiem Mass at the North Cathedral in Cork city.
– from the Corkman

2 thoughts on “Death Notice: Tim Callaghan”

  1. Sorry to hear about the death of Timmie Joe. He came to England with me 54 years ago. To Corby, Northamptonshire. We did the Leaving Cert together with Ted Healey. Tim returned to Ireland after about 8 months and joined the Garda. Had great memories of our time together in Corby. I could never beat him in cycle racing. He was always too strong for me. Sincere condolences to his family. May he rest in peace. Donal O’Regan (formerly from Ballydaly)

  2. In Inchaleigh near the Town of Millstreet Tim Callaghan first saw light of day
    His life journey ended for him in Killowen near Blarney from Millstreet not that far away
    As a Garda Chief Superintendent he was one who was known far and wide
    Beyond the borders of Duhallow’s green old countryside
    Like many before him and after in the home place he did not stay
    One who choose to live elsewhere life it can be this way
    In Liscahane near the Town of Millstreet he grew into a man
    Though in Duhallow he was one not destined to live out his life span
    Tall and dark haired and handsome when in the bloom of his life’s prime
    Though this is going back many Seasons and at least four decades in time
    An intelligent and honorable person up the Garda ranks he did rise
    To learn of his many successes does not come as any surprise
    His last remains to be cremated and only good memories of him remain
    And sadly for his family and his friends not to be seen in the flesh again.

    Tim O’Callaghan is by Francis Duggan

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